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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

Iain R. Spink shows how he smokes on location in the traditional way.

  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • A stall at Blairgowrie community farmers' market
    Blairgowrie farmers' market
  • Cheeses at St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
    St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
    A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
  • Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb
    Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb

Although the country's national dish, haggis, is one of the best known traditional Scottish foods, there are many more sumptuous offerings and local flavours to enjoy.

From the sea

Scotland is well-known for its wonderful fish and seafood and there are many places where you can watch the day's catch being brought in from the boats. Be sure to try some of the country's favourite fish dishes including Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddie and, of course, traditional fish and chips.

One of the country's most distinctive fish dishes is Arbroath Smokies. They are created by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips which gives the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. Arbroath in Angus is the only place that the delicacy is produced, and only haddock smoked within five miles of the town can be called a genuine Smokie.

From the land

Not only that, but Scotland is also known for the quality of its beef, lamb and pork. The rich flavour of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle, or the unique taste of North Ronaldsay lamb, which feed almost entirely on seaweed, are just two of the examples of Scotland's world-famous produce. Don't miss out on seasonal game too, including wild venison and pheasant.

Sweet treats

Enjoy traditional sweet treats from around the country such as one of Scotland's oldest and most famed recipes - the Selkirk Bannock. The fruit cake is said to have first been made by Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in the Scottish Borders in 1859. Queen Victoria is famously said to have refused all else with her tea apart from a slice of bannock when she visited Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter in Abbotsford.

If you have a really sweet tooth, you will love Scotland’s array of sugary treats. Sample tasty Scottish tablet, similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture, or the Borders’ Moffat Toffee which are in fact hard boiled sweets with a lemon-flavoured centre.

There are also plenty unique cheeses and dairy produce to taste, from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, to Orkney and beyond.

Scotch whisky is reputed the world over and you can find it used in recipes throughout the country. A particularly indulgent example is the dessert, Cranachan, which is often enjoyed at Scottish banquets, It is made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, fresh raspberries and topped with toasted oats - a real guilty pleasure.

Buy local

Sample delicious local produce at restaurants and eateries across the country, or pick up your own ingredients to recreate these dishes yourself at Scotland's many farmers' markets and specialist food shops.

Browse the listings to discover more local produce and producers across Scotland.

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  1. The Cheesery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Dundee City

    Situated one minute from Dundee's High Street in historic Exchange Street, The Cheesery is Dundee's award-winning independent specialist cheese shop.

  2. The Bakery Dunbar

    Type

    Craft, Baking & Confectionary

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    Putting the heart back into the loaf and the community. Everything is made on site. Bread is slow fermented, using artisan techniques. Pastry is made by hand daily and used in our croissant and sausage rolls. Our French pâtisserie is second to none.

  3. Garleton Prime Beef

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Haddington

    Producer specialising in beef and lamb. Attends Haddington farmer' market

  4. Laphroaig Distillery

    Type

    Distilleries

    Gradings

    Port Ellen

    "There are 3 main ingredients for making Laphroaig - Barley, Water, and Yeast, but the secret ingredient is the People". Laphroaig (La-froyg) is the story of a community.

  5. Relish

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A great deli in the heart of The Shore area of Leith serving a massive range of fresh sandwiches and speciality items.

  6. Hebridean Toffee

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Barra

    Hebridean Toffee is a luxury Scottish tablet, which is entirely hand - made on the Isle of Barra.

  7. Dunfermline Farmers Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Dunfermline

    Local growers and producers take personal pride in the food they bring to their Farmers' Market and want you to enjoy it.

  8. MacQueen Butchers

    Type

    Butcher

    Gradings

    Rothesay

    Welcome to MacQueen Butchers

  9. Blackaddie Country House Hotel Cookery School

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Sanquhar

    Our cookery school classes are held every month and while they are only one day cookery classes why not make a break of it, arrive the night before and enjoy a drinks reception along with a sumptuous 4 course dinner before the cookery class the next

  10. Brodies 1867

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Musselburgh

    Coffee and tea merchants and chocolatiers

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